Kirkburton, North Road c.1955

Kirkburton, North Road c.1955

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Just five miles south of Huddersfield on the road to Wakefield, Kirkburton in the 19th century was just as polluted by smoke as its near neighbours. The town was full of woollen mills and corset factories and was surrounded by numerous collieries. Later, the town became a centre for 'fancy' goods such as cords, velveteens and fine woollens.

Memories of Kirkburton, North Road c1955

Willie Jenks

Seeing the familiar stance of Willie Jenks reminds me of the Saturdays when I walked from Shelley Lane with my mate Malcolm 'Pinger' Fitton to get our hair cut. We sat waiting for what seemed an eternity to an eight year-old and when eventually I sat in the chair, facing a large mirror with sink under it, Willie was too busy looking at a stripped down old valve radio in the sink next to mine and scratching his head, deep in thought. Eventually I left with the scars to prove it and noticed even at my tender years that my side burns were uneven and there were little dribbles of blood coming from above one ear. My dad nicknamed him 'wireless Willie' and the name stuck. Great memories.

A memory of Kirkburton by David Pimm

The Post Office And The Barber's Shop.

The white coated figure to the right is the barber Willie Jenks,standing outside his shop.He slicked back his hair with Brylcream and specialised in short back and sides.A visit could incur moments of pain from his close cutting mechanical clippers. A little further away on the right is the original village Post Office, in use from the nineteenth century until relatively recently.In the 1950's the Postmaster was Mr Vincent Walker who stood stiffly upright behind his counter and with distinguished grey hair and a carefully modulated slow gravelly voice was a figure of some gravitas who exuded an aura of his importance in village life.

A memory of Kirkburton by James Wroe

Memories of Kirkburton

North Road And The Treacle Hole.

I was at the local junior school, the headmaster of which was Mr Ronald Pearson,when this photo was taken.He lived just beyond and to the right of the area of the photo,in Hallas Road.My uncle Jim Wroe was at one time,Manager of Kirkburton Baths mentioned in another posting and situated close by in the ...Read full memory

A memory of Kirkburton by James Wroe

Kitkburton Primary School

I attended Kirkburton First School (School Hill), prior to this I was sent to a Catholic school in Huddersfield, although living in Burton at the time, there was no comparison, Kirkburton School was like heaven following the Catholic school. I thought Mr. Pearson was wonderful and if you did your best he tried to ...Read full memory

A memory of Kirkburton by Mary Ryan

Memories Of My Past

This scene hasn't changed very much. My grandfather Archibald Barnaby Eliott live in the Co-op house which was in Low Town, 'Treacle Ole' as it was called. He used to drive a donkey-cart, delivering coal I think, round the village. My great grandma lived in a one up one down across from what used to be the old swimming ...Read full memory

The Post Office And The Barber's Shop.

The white coated figure to the right is the barber Willie Jenks,standing outside his shop.He slicked back his hair with Brylcream and specialised in short back and sides.A visit could incur moments of pain from his close cutting mechanical clippers. A little further away on the right is the original village Post Office, in use from the nineteenth century until relatively recently.In the 1950's the Postmaster was Mr Vincent Walker who stood stiffly upright behind his counter and with distinguished grey hair and a carefully modulated slow gravelly voice was a figure of some gravitas who exuded an aura of his importance in village life.

A memory of Kirkburton by James Wroe

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